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Glossary of Anomalous Terms


The SCP Universe has become a considerably stranger and more complicated place than it was when Aelanna wrote her glossary in 2013. The purpose for this new page is to provide users with a consolidated list of definitions for terms originating from the SCP Wiki. Most of these definitions exist in various other locations throughout the site (and are attributed accordingly), but by having them in one place, uninitiated readers will have a unified guide to refer to as they plume the depths of our weird and wonderful world.

Technical Terms


  • Negates the effect of the active kinetohazard, is typically the “inverse” of the kinetoglyph being performed, though this can take the form of certain symbols and glyphs, instead of just the inverse of the actual gesture (as doing so with some entities would be impossible). From SCP-1730.


  • An anomaly that cannot be remember or is able to selectively remove itself memory. May also destroy documents and evidence related to itself. From We Need To Talk About Fifty-Five.


  • A chemical compound (often presented in pill form) that is used by the Foundation to erase witness' memories of anomalous phenomena. Occasionally described in varying classes of strength, though these are not consistently defined.


  • Something that poses a danger to any subject that perceives it with any of our five physical senses: sight (visual), hearing (auditory), smell (olfactory), taste (gustatory), and touch (tactile). This applies to both things that cause physical harm as well as things that cause psychological damage, but only in a way that would be anomalous. A bright light that causes blindness would not be a cognitohazard, nor would a sharp edge that cuts you when you touch it. A sound that causes you to bleed from every pore or a smell that causes you to go insane would be a cognitohazard. Tag Guide.


  • Defies the first and/or second law of thermodynamics by generating matter and/or energy in a fashion that directly violates entropy. Applies to anything that produces energy or matter in an unexplained way. From the Tag Guide.



  • A term used to refer to anomalies that are dangerous to know about. Differs from cognitohazards in that cognitohazards require direct contact whereas infohazards may spread simply through people telling each other about them. From Dr. Mackenzie's Glossary of Terms.


  • Mental and physical hazard that occurs when an entity performs specific gestures and motions that interact with multiple spatial dimensions simultaneously, often with disastrous consequences. From SCP-1730.


  • A pill for people who need to remember things that would otherwise be impossible to remember (i.e. antimemes). Same Greek root as the word 'mnemonic'. The M is silent. From We Need To Talk About Fifty-Five.


  • Anomaly capable of manipulating reality (aka "reality-bending"). From the Tag Guide.


  • The art of conducting a dance performance using reanimated human corpses. From The Skeleton Dance.

Devices and Technology

Black Alloy

  • A metal of indeterminable composition used in anomalies originating from the Meat Circus, a Russian Group of Interest.

Kant Counter


  • An eyepiece carrying a small microprocessor which constantly analyzes the viewing field for visual cognitohazards, scrambling the image into an unrecognizable mess before the light reaches the human eye. From Incident 096-1-A.

Scranton Reality Anchor

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Telekill Alloy

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Gods and Religions

The age-old addage "there is no canon" still applies here. While this glossary exists for the purpose of providing general context for newer readers, many of the entities listed below have been given multiple origins and descriptions over the years, and readers are advised to avoid taking the following definitions as gospel.


  • Symbiotic organisms found in the bodies of both Sarkites and Sarkic organisms. It is believed that they act as a secondary immune system, protecting the host against disease as well as greatly increasing their regenerative abilities. They are also believed to be connected to the physical transformations some Sarkites undergo. Also known to Sarkites as "His Sacred White Worm". From the Sarkicism Hub.

Church of the Broken God

  • Religion centered around the belief in a mechanical deity which must be reassembled by its follows. See the Hub page for details.

Cogwork Orthodox Church

  • Branch of the Church of the Broken God that espouses a form of literal religious iconography known as "Standardization", whereby adherents submit to anomalous mechanical enhancement with the stated goal of remaking themselves in the image or plan of their deity. From the Church of the Broken God Hub.

Fifthism/The Fifth Church

  • An anomalous New Age religion that appears to be especially popular among celebrities and those working in the entertainment industry. Generally characterized by themes of madness and transcendence. Frequently associated with smoke, stars, and the number five. See the Fifthist Hub for more information.

The Hanged King


  • The deified founder of Sarkicism. Also known as "Grand Karcist Ion". It appears that Sarkicism regards Ion as a being who has undergone apotheosis (i.e. ascended to godhood). For the Proto-Sarkite, apotheosis will be achieved in time and only through Ion. For the Neo-Sarkite, it almost appears that if one had the ability to usurp Ion - it is their right (if not duty) to do so. Sarkicism Hub.


  • Offshoot of the Church of the Broken God characterized by modernized, computation and network oriented means of worship. Maxwellist doctrine interprets the Broken God as a "fragmented" deity, which exists as disparate data present in the linked technology and cultural zeitgeist of the digital age. From the Church of the Broken God Hub.



Saturn Deer

  • Trickster deity known to cameo in various SCPs. Generally believed to be SCP-2845.

Southern Fifthism

  • A fairly nonsensical religion that appears to be grounded in homespun charm and gleeful frivolity—though this may merely be a veil concealing something much darker. Generally believed to the be an older form of Fifthism, though the exact relationship between the two is unclear.

The Scarlet King



  • Regarded in Sarkicism as the principle power in the universe. Despite being treated with reverence by Neo-Sarkites, Yaldabaoth is not worshiped and appears to be regarded as subservient to Ion in some manner. From the Sarkicism Hub.

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Slang in the SCP Universe


  • Shortened form of "cognitohazard".

The Critic



  • Derogatory name for the SCP Foundation and its personnel. Used by members of The Serpent's Hand and affiliates of the Wanderer's Library.


Little Sister

  • Term of endearment used between instances of the Black Queen.


  • Disparaging term for members of the Cogwork Orthodox Church. Used by other sects of the Church of the Broken God Due to mock the ticking or tapping sounds produced by Orthodoxy's mechanical augmentations. From the Church of the Broken God Hub.


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